ELEVEN-year-old Thomas “Tucker” Harbord from Castle Eden Golf Club in County Durham stunned the field by winning the Easington District Schools Tournament.
Thomas is one of five of Castle Eden’s junior members who are part of the Durham County bursary scheme and are being coached at the Leadbetter Academy at The Wynyard Golf Club.
Castle Eden had a strong representation in the Easington Schools Sports Programme annual golf tournament held at Seaham Golf Club, with seven of their junior members representing their respective schools.
In testing conditions at Seaham, Thomas, representing his school, Dene Community School of Technology, and playing from the championship white tees, came home with a magnificent 88 net 62, to win the competition and the title of Easington District Schools Champion 2010.
Thomas has been playing golf for three years and is a good example of the benefits of the coaching programmes now in place. This year alone, his handicap has reduced from 33 to 21 and he is showing great potential.
His dad Philip, mum Jacqueline and older brother Philip all play golf so it comes as no surprise that he also loves playing the game.
Michael Clucas, senior team manager at Castle Eden, was full of praise for the young player and said: “I am led to believe that one Graham Border is a past winner of this prestigious competition, so here’s hoping that some of our very talented juniors can go on and achieve everything in the game Graham has achieved.
“I am sure that all of our members will join me in congratulating Thomas on his recent fine performance.”